What Happened to the Family Fortune? Historic Scottish Probate Records Now Online!

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 29, 2015 in Collections, United Kingdom

Two centuries worth of historic probate records have been published online, revealing the final fortunes of over 650,000 Scots. The Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories) 1876-1936 records were originally held at the AK Bell Library, Perth, and includes an index and images relating to the annually published probate records filed in Scotland over a period… Read more

Archives Month: Celebrating and Capturing Oral History

Posted by Linda Barnickel on October 28, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Her voice is raspy, at times, nearly impossible to understand. At 105 years-old, Alice Mikel Duffield had seen her share of living. Though her hearing and eyesight was failing, her memories remained strong. She could tell me with pride about the new outfit she got when she left the service in 1918, when she had… Read more

Ancestry Mexico Launches with More than 220 Million Searchable Mexican Historical Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 28, 2015 in Collections, Mexico

We are pleased to announce the launch of new online services that will help Mexicans and the estimated 34 million Mexican Americans* research their family history. More than 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico, including new birth, marriage, and death records dating back to the 1500s are now available on the Ancestry site, many of… Read more

Archives Month: Anatomy of Finding Aid

Posted by Linda Barnickel on October 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Linda Barnickel What are Finding Aids? Finding aids are documents which are created by archives staff to assist researchers in learning about, navigating, and using individual archival collections. Many are available online from the institutions’ websites; others may be only available in hard-copy format for on-site use at the… Read more

The New Ancestry: October 23rd Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 23, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that highlighted some of your favorite features that will be coming into the new Ancestry in the coming weeks. These include Member Connect and Military Pages. We are also close to having thumbnail images available in the timeline on the FACTS… Read more

Archives Month: Searching by Context

Posted by Linda Barnickel on October 23, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family History Month, Germany, Guest Bloggers, Mexico, United Kingdom

This is a guest post by Linda Barnickel. Hundreds of thousands of records and manuscripts in their original form are housed in archives throughout the country. Archives, as used in this post, refers to unique, unpublished records of government, organizations, businesses or other institutions. CONTEXT So, how do you go about identifying a collection of… Read more

Ruth Starr Rose Reveals Unique Stories of the Founding Families of Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Posted by Barbara Paca on October 21, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Guest Bloggers

Imagine your family rediscovering the beautiful talents of one ancestor after more than eighty years. That was the case for the family of artist Ruth Starr Rose. Rose was from a progressive family. She was a Vassar graduate as well as student at the New York Art Students League where she worked with other left-leaning… Read more